West Bromwich Albion F.C. manager Tony Pulis does not expect Tottenham Hotspur to pursue Saido Berahino when the transfer window re-opens in January.
According to reports in the English media, Spurs were expected to come back win another bid to sign Berahino during the winter transfer window. However, Pulis has moved to dismiss the aforementioned rumours.
“Personally I don’t think Tottenham will ever come back,” Pulis. “I don’t think that will happen.
“There are other clubs out there who if they’re interested, they’re interested, but I’m sure Saido will deal with it in a different way to how he did this time.
“I just think most probably the two clubs have tried to do a deal and it’s not worked and not happened. I don’t see Daniel (Levy, Tottenham chairman) coming back to try to sign Saido again. I might be wrong.
“It is not anything. It’s just my feeling. I just don’t see Daniel coming back.”
Berahino, who scored 14 goals in 38 English Premier League appearances for the Baggies in 2014/15, returned to the first-team, replacing Rickie Lambert on 55 minutes against Southampton at The Hawthorns, on Saturday after getting dropped for the last three games to get his head right.
Sherwood: Agbonlahor going nowhere
Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood is expecting Gabby Agbonlahor to stay at the club for life amid criticism of the player’s recent form.
Many believe Agbonlahor, the Birmingham-based club’s longest serving player who has managed just four goals in his last 29 appearances, will be dropped for Sunday’s clash against Claudio Ranieri’s in-form Leicester City, but Sherwood is adamant the 28-year-old is ready for the match.
“Gabby’s an important part of this football club and I can’t ever see him leaving,” Sherwood said.
“He’s spent more time out there training than anyone else this international break because he wants to improve himself.
“We’re there to help him improve. He’s been doing one-on-one extra finishing and working hard.
“The supporters see him when he’s on the pitch but I see him every day helping the young guys out here. He’s an important part of this club going forward.
“I’ve needed to add people like Joleon Lescott to the group to help those like Gabby and Clarky (Ciaran Clark).
“But he’s got a massive part to play both on and off the pitch.”
Aston Villa (1-1-2; 14th place) are priced at to 7/2 to achieve a top-10 finish in the Premier League in 2015/16.